The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.
Who is he?
The Big 12’s third-leading returning rusher might be a little under the radar by the time Texas rolls into Waco. Baylor coach Matt Rhule announced at Big 12 media days that Terence Williams will miss at least the first three games due to off-season shoulder surgery. Even if his stats are down, Williams should still be one of the league’s best in 2017. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound back from Ennis rushed for 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns and had a 5.7 yards per carry average last season.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
The Longhorns — and their fans — already know what Williams can do. Despite not touching the ball for most of the first quarter, he finished with 24 carries for 180 yards and a touchdown at Royal-Memorial Stadium. He’ll have most of his offensive line back, including 6-5, 310-pound Patrick Lawrence, and under Rhule the Bears should be run-first. Williams does a lot of his damage between the tackles, but he has plenty of top-end speed once he gets past the second level. He’s also not afraid of contact. At all.
Tom Herman hasn’t been eager to watch much film of the Longhorns of 2016, but he might want to pull this one out before Oct. 28. Texas missed a lot of chances to bring Williams down. New defensive coordinator Todd Orlando won’t accept arm tackling, but it takes full effort to bring down the Bears’ main weapon.
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